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E. M. Forster’s Legacies in British Fiction


Edited By Elsa Cavalié and Laurent Mellet

Since Forster’s death in 1970, many British novelists and film directors have acknowledged and even claimed the influence of the novelist of the English soul (in Woolf’s terms) and of a renewed faith in both human relationships and a quintessentially British liberal-humanism. After the ethical turn at the end of the twentieth century, British literature today seems to go back even more drastically to the figure of the individual human being, and to turn the narrative space into some laboratory of a new form of empowerment of the other’s political autonomy. It is in this context that the references to Forster are more and more frequent, both in British fiction and in academia. This book does not only aim at spotting and theorising this return to Forster today. Rather we endeavour to trace its genealogy and shed light on the successive modes of the legacy, from Forster’s first novel, Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905) onwards, to the novelisation of Forster himself by Damon Galgut. How can the principle of connection, of correspondences and echoes, which informed Forster’s private life and approach to writing so much, equally characterise the aesthetic and political influence of his œuvre?


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Maaz Bin Bilal (Jindal Global University, India) Maaz Bin Bilal earned his PhD on the politics of friendship in E. M. Forster’s work from Queen’s University Belfast in 2015. He is now Assistant Professor at Jindal School of Liberal Arts, O. P. Jindal Global University, India. Maaz is also a poet and a translator. Nicolas Pierre Boileau (University of Aix-Marseille, France) Nicolas P. Boileau, Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the Uni- versity of Aix-Marseille, France, holds a Ph.D. from the University of Rennes 2, entitled Experiencing the Impossible: Autobiographical Writ- ing in Virginia Woolf’s Moments of Being, Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar and Janet Frame’s An Autobiography (2008). He has published papers on autobiography and modernism in relation to psychoanalysis and the representation of madness. He translated Alex Sierz’s In Yer-Face Theatre into French, published a scholarly edition of Mrs Dalloway and co-edited with Clare Hanson (University of Southampton) and Maria Tang (University of Rennes 2) a collection of articles on Rachel Cusk ( He is currently working on a book on autobiography and psychoanalysis, is the head of a research group on Women’s Resistance to Feminism, and is involved in the works of Asso- ciation de la Cause Freudienne. His current work focuses on psychoa- nalysis and contemporary writers’ appropriation of modernism (Cusk, Hollinghurst and McGregor). Elsa Cavalié (University of Avignon, France) Dr Elsa Cavalié is a senior lecturer at the University of Avignon, France. She has published several articles on contemporary British fic- tion (Julian Barnes,...

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